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Eagles - Desperado
(Warner WPCR-14079 Jap-11 200:-)

The Eagles' excellent debut indicated that they were quickly on their way to becoming one of America's leading country-rock acts. Desperado, their second release, ostensibly a concept album about an outlaw figure of the Old West, furthered their claim. Recorded in London under the aegis of Glyn Johns, the set was marked by the quartet's highly measured playing, distinctive, high-flown harmonies, and accessible folk and country-flavored pop-rock.

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Eagles - Live
(Wing WPCR-11938/9 Jap-04 225:-)

Although Eagles Live includes four tracks recorded in the fall of 1976 (thus allowing for the inclusion of departed singer Randy Meisner on "Take It to the Limit"), the bulk of the album comes from the end of the Eagles' 1980 tour, just before they broke up, and it reflects their late concert repertoire, largely drawn from Hotel California and The Long Run.

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Eagles - On the Border
(Wing WPCR-11934 Jap-04 175:-)

The Eagles began recording their third album in England with producer Glyn Johns, as they had their first two albums, but abandoned the sessions after completing two acceptable tracks. Johns, it is said, tended to emphasize the group's country elements and its harmonies, while the band, in particular Glenn Frey and Don Henley, wanted to take more of a hard rock direction.

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Eagles - One of these Nights
(Wing WPCR-11935 Jap-04 175:-)

"One of these Nights" was released in June 1975, more than 14 months after its predecessor. Anticipation had been heightened by the belated chart-topping success of the third album's "The Best of My Love"; taking a little more time, the band generated more original material, and that material was more polished. More than ever, The Eagles seemed to be a vehicle for Don Henley (six co-writing credits) and Glenn Frey (five), but at the same time, Randy Meisner was more audible than ever, his two lead vocals including one of the album's three hit singles, "Take It to the Limit," and Bernie Leadon had two showcases, among them the cosmic-cowboy instrumental "Journey of the Sorcerer".

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Eagles - One of these Nights
(Warner WPCR-14081 Jap-11 200:-)

"One of these Nights" was released in June 1975, more than 14 months after its predecessor. Anticipation had been heightened by the belated chart-topping success of the third album's "The Best of My Love"; taking a little more time, the band generated more original material, and that material was more polished. More than ever, The Eagles seemed to be a vehicle for Don Henley (six co-writing credits) and Glenn Frey (five), but at the same time, Randy Meisner was more audible than ever, his two lead vocals including one of the album's three hit singles, "Take It to the Limit," and Bernie Leadon had two showcases, among them the cosmic-cowboy instrumental "Journey of the Sorcerer".

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Earth and Fire - Song of the Marching Children
(Universal UICY-9463 Jap-04 200:-)

Earth and Fire are legends of the Dutch Rock scene, first making an impression with their debut single "Seasons" in 1969. They quickly established themselves as an international act thanks to the excellence of their material and the powerful vocals of Jenny Kaagman.

In 1971 the band released arguably their finest work, SONG OF THE MARCHING CHILDREN, a Mellotron soaked masterpiece that was a major selling album throughout Europe.

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Edmunds, Dave - Get It
(Warner WQCP-1107 Jap-11 175:-)

GET IT marks a significant departure from Dave Edmunds' early records, as it is the first time he's backed by a full band. Most of it was recorded with a fledgling version of Rockpile, with other sessionmen filling in when necessary, and the live band gives the album an energetic feel which Edmunds' had previously ignored.

Just as importantly, the song selection is more carefully considered than before, containing only a handful of classics and obscure rock & roll tunes, but concentrating on pub rock staples, and songs written or co-written by Nick Lowe, which gives the album a freshness lacking on his early records.

SHM-CD Standard Jewel Case.
Electric Light Orchestra - A New World Record
(Sony SICP-30895 Jap-16 200:-)

1976's A NEW WORLD RECORD is both a classic of commercial '70s pop and an archetypal ELO album. From the outer-space synths and rich orchestrations that open the album to Jeff Lynne's meticulous production and Beatlesque melodies, this is magnificent ear candy.

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Electric Light Orchestra - Face the Music
(Sony SICP-30894 Jap-16 200:-)

ELO was big enough by 1974 that some people actually suggested that ELDORADO featured Satanic backward-masking. Of course, the idea was ludicrous; but the band playfully responded by adding a backward message to "Fire on High," the opening instrumental on 1975's FACE THE MUSIC.

Besides "Fire on High," which was used as background music for countless television programs in the '70s, this album's eight lengthy tracks include two enormous hits, "Evil Woman" and the McCartneyesque ballad "Strange Magic." Decades later, these two tracks are still in constant rotation on classic-rock radio around the world.

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Electric Sun - Fire Wind
(Avalon MICP-10644 Jap-07 175:-)

Uli Jon Roth's Electric Sun continued to display mind-blowing guitar work -- along with the leader's vocal inadequacies -- on the power trio's sophomore outing, 1980's Fire Wind. And as for Roth's Hendrix fixation, "I'll Be Loving You Always" lifted melodies from both "The Wind Cries Mary" and "Angel," while the nearly 11-minute "Hiroshima" -- spine-tingling as it was as a guitar-playing showcase -- essentially represented the German guitarist's personal take on Hendrix's "Machine Gun."

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Eno, Brian - Neroli
(Beat Records BRC-103 Jap-9? 250:-)

As beautiful and sparse as anything produced to date, ambient pioneer Brian Eno sets a mood of quiet contemplation that, as he himself states in the liner notes, is a piece to "reward attention, but not (be) so strict as to demand it." Single notes resonate like heavy drops in deep water in a seemingly random but harmonic pattern that shifts quietly for close to an hour. "Neroli" brings a sense of weightlessness; it feels as much like an installation piece as it does an actual song.

Standard Jewel Case.
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